Red Flag Warning in Effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Posted at 7 a.m.

Red Flag WarningA Red Flag Warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 13, for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

A National Weather Service (NWS) wind advisory also remains in effect until 11 a.m. this morning.

Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 35. It will be breezy with a northwest wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Northwest winds continue tonight, 9 to 14 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight with temperatures around 20.

Get more on the weather by listening to Fairfax County Government Radio, which broadcasts NWS forecasts several times per hour.

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2 responses to “Red Flag Warning in Effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Is there actually an extreme fire potential given the temperature and the moisture in the ground, etc.? One would think that windy conditions and warmer air, paired with arid conditions for the day might be reason to raise the fire warning. While the air may be dry, most of the landscape is full of moisture and the low temps should reduce the threat of fire spreading especially easily. Given the expected lack of outdoor fires set on purpose today – no barbeques, chill reducing gas heaters on patios in use, etc. – is this really a day to suggest the general populace should be warned about a fired hazard? I think this is the kind of warning that leads the citizens to disregard such warnings even when they may be more reasonable.

  2. Anonymous says :

    March-17, Monday Colder with snow at times, accumulating an inch or two; storm total snowfall 2-4 inches and prediction is Poor at Bus Stop. Kindly make your announcements for FCPS schools tomorrow by 4pm. When Fairfax county is aware of weather forecast, would request all offices not make early announcement on Monday morning’s, our children can have proper sleep. When you guys are making announcements late for school closings, you are depriving of their sleep and parents too.